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Bearing the Legacy of Topf and Sons

by Karen Bartlett When Hartmut Topf was a small boy, he was captivated by puppets. On a warm summer’s day in 1930s Berlin, he would sit with his sisters under the blossom of the fruit tree in the family’s back

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Posted in Modern History

The Family Behind the Holocaust Cremation Ovens

by Karen Bartlett Since the summer of 1941, the Nazis had been mulling over how to implement Hitler’s ‘final solution of the Jewish question’ and in August of that year, they discovered a horrible possibility. When testing a delousing agent,

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

A Judenrat’s Financial Triumph Over the Gestapo

by Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat It was March 1941. Nearly a year had passed since I had been born, and despite my parents’ continued optimism, conditions were getting worse, not better. Still, Żarki remained an open ghetto and,

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Posted in Military History

Life Inside the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp

Theresienstadt

by David Cesarani Until the mass eviction of German Jews to Theresienstadt, the ghetto-camp had a predominantly Czech Jewish character. At the end of 1941 it accommodated 7,545 Jews from Prague and Brno. Over the next six months 26,524 Jews

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

Elie Wiesel: Night

Elie Wiesel

Preface to Night by Elie Wiesel If in my lifetime I was to write only one book, this would be the one. Just as the past lingers in the present, all my writings after Night, including those that deal with

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Posted in Contemporary History

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